Giant scale worm

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30 Responses to “Giant scale worm”

  1. Teirhan says:

    Eugh.  My nightmares about walrus eyes shall be expanded to include that mouth.

  2. RKTR ♫soundcloud.com/rktr says:

    I love how the mouth is in focus on the last picture, it makes it look so evil and menacing!

  3. RedShirt77 says:

    Crap, I could never drink anything out of that coffee mug ever again after it was that close to the giant worms.

  4. ldobe says:

     And here I was, just getting over the nightmares the hedgehog penis caused me.  I shudder to think of the fresh horrors BoingBoing will unmask next week :]

  5. beemoh says:

    No thank you.

  6. cdh1971 says:

    Coming soon to your local sushi bar. 

  7. GeekMan says:

    Unicorns, please. 

  8. chenille says:

    …none of that explained why this is scary. If it’s just that the worm has jaws, ok, but then the things that should really scare you are vertebrates. Those get way bigger and the jaws usually have rows of sharpened bones that grow out through the flesh.

    • cminus says:

      Holy hell!  I’m never going anywhere near any vertebrates!

      …I think this means I have to be a bank regulator now.

    • bzishi says:

      It is scary because you can imagine smaller versions latching onto the back of the neck and taking over your mind (like the ending of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation). The larger versions probably just burst from the stomach of their victims.

      • chenille says:

        Well, it’s not the first thing I think of when I see a worm. Sure, I could imagine these latching onto someone…but I can imagine the same with monkeys, and it certainly wouldn’t be less frightening.

      • malindrome says:

        “This IS Ceti Alpha V!!”

  9. wooodster says:

    “There’s a possibility that this commensal arrangement” what ? Aren’t there a few words missing there ? (I’m not a native english speaker, so this might be just me, but I keep trying to make sense of this sentence and I just can’t)

  10. Stephen Gordon says:

    What, no weird worm penis? This isn’t the maggie I’ve come to expect!

  11. Rich Keller says:

    From the article:

    “You know what’s most obscene of all? These worms are in the family Polynoidae, which is in the superfamily Aphroditoidea, itself in the suborder Aphroditiformia. That’s 2 mentions of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. I don’t know who decided to use that name, but that person was a strange person.”

    LOL!

    • chenille says:

      That person was Linnaeus, and yes, it seems he was being more than a little strange. This definitely isn’t the first thing I think of when I see a worm of any shape.

      • fredh says:

        Maybe Linnaeus was thinking of Aphrodite’s origins? She was born fully formed from sea foam. She’s the one standing on the oyster shell in that Bottecelli painting. So….ocean=Aphrodite? Maybe? I don’t know. I give up.

  12. Well have you ever considered how lonely starfish must be? It’s like letting a jerk roommate share your apartment because at least you don’t have to talk to the ficus.

  13. professor says:

    Why do I get the feeling that the scientist talks to it in her best Miss Piggie voice… “Wormeeeeeeee!”

  14. snagglepuss says:

    So it’s blind, brainless and bites.

    I’ve dated worse.

  15. chaopoiesis says:

    A vittata and its starfish host will seek each other out—mutually—through mazes. 

    If people weren’t being so damned speciesist, they’d realize the very same thing would happen with Xeni and a kitten.

    Wormday, please!

  16. jere7my says:

    Wow! Is that…to scale?

  17. Christopher Mah says:

    Love it! thanks for the plug but Eulagisca is Antarctic. Not Arctic!

  18. Christopher Mah says:

    Here’s my original post about weird critters from the Antarctic  http://www.echinoblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/10-of-weirdest-antarctic-invertebrates.html

  19. Quiche de Resistance says:

    This one just looks like a kindly old man.

    “where are my glasses?”

  20. Nicole Lee says:

    range is antarctic, not arctic. great post otherwise!

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